Leo Edward Leitner, 88 of Peoria, died at home on Friday morning, June 29, 2012 surrounded by family and friends. Leo was born on December 30, 1923 to Ignatius and Mabel (Fletcher) Leitner of Peoria. He married Mary Harrison on June 20, 1953 in Peoria.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Leitner, sister Amelia Ingersoll, his children, Elizabeth (and Don) Kumpf of Peoria, Marcella (and John) James of Peoria, Kay Leitner of Peoria, Timothy (and Leslie) Leitner of Pekin, six grandchildren, four great-granddaughters, and foster children, Tam (and Chi) Dinh, Thu (and Thang) Nguyen, Truc (and Tien) Pham, Lien (and Thanh) Ngo, Binh (and Huong) Pham, Bac (and Pam) Pham, Chad (and Sue) Williams, Nhi Pham, and eighteen foster grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, Richard, Robert, Raphel, Phillip, and Alfred, and one sister Cecilia.
Leo graduated from Pekin High School in 1942 then went into the U.S. Navy in the fall of the same year. He served during World War II and the Korean Conflict and was Honorably Discharged as a Sonarman G First Class in 1954. Leo worked at Keystone Steel and Wire for 32 years, retiring in 1979. He then worked for Bradley University for a few years in Maintenance. Leo was a trustee for St. John’s Catholic Church and a trustee for St. Ann’s Catholic Church for fifteen years. He was a Eucharistic Minister at St. John’s, St. Ann's and at OSF Medical Center.
Leo became a foster parent in 1981 through Catholic Social Services. Leo and Mary were awarded in 1982 the Foster Parents of the Year by the Catholic Social Services. Leo was a member of SPEBSQSA Barbershop Chorus. His interests were woodworking and spending time with his friends and family.
The family would like to thank OSF Hospice Care for their wonderful service and all those who prayed for Leo.
A Funeral Mass and celebration of life service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Father Terry Cassidy will officiate. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Wright & Salmon Mortuary with a Prayer Service at 3:45 p.m. and a Rosary at 6:45 p.m. Further visitation will be 30 minutes before the services at church.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials are made to OSF Hospice Care and St. Ann’s Catholic Church.
Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com.